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Hi, I'm new to Photoshop and I understand the concept of bleed area and know how to adjust accordingly. However, I can't figure out how to actually apply "physical" bleed lines. I know how to add a separate layer and all, but is there a right or wrong method of doing this? More specifically, how do I apply circular bleed lines. Any advice would help. Thanks!
 
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Bleed lines are just reference visual guidelines for expected cuts by the die machine.

For circular, I would recommend:

1. Create a vector circle in your PSD at the correct size
2. Duplicate that layer
3. Expand the new layer by the necessary size up (ie. 1/8" bleed all around)
4. Give that layer a stroke (layer effect) and no fill.

You would then just make sure that your design sits went in that original correct circle (#1) but have the necessary color bleed into the larger circle (#3).

Hope that helps.
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Can you point to an example of what you're trying to do? I know what "bleed" is and I know what "crop marks" are, but I am not sure I understand what "bleed lines" are. Is that the same thing as a crop mark? Maybe that will also help me to understand what being circular has to do with them. I just don't think I understand specifically what you're referring to.
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I generally create my dielines in InDesign. I'll create the dieline (1 pt line) around the token shape. Then I'll expand it to a 13 pt line (centered) and c/p that into Photoshop. That'll be my 1/8" bleed. Then I c/p the 1 pt line into the same PS file as a separate layer. I'll apply the bleed outline as a clipping mask of a folder for the token I'm working on. When the token is complete, simply save the file out as a flattened .PSD and place it on a layer below the dieline in ID.

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Also, not sure if you'll be preparing the file for print ourself, but make sure that any die lines are easily separable by the printer. Usually this means either providing the die lines as a separate file that matches up exactly to the artwork file, or (if provided in the same file as the artwork) set to a spot colour and overprint.
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bigtex01 wrote:
Can you point to an example of what you're trying to do? I know what "bleed" is and I know what "crop marks" are, but I am not sure I understand what "bleed lines" are. Is that the same thing as a crop mark? Maybe that will also help me to understand what being circular has to do with them. I just don't think I understand specifically what you're referring to.


I will be using Panda Games for manufacturing, and here is some info from their page regarding their requirements..

"All bleed areas are consistent. If there is a 3mm bleed on the left side, ensure there is also a 3mm bleed on the right side. Any files requiring Die-cutting have 2 layers: one for the graphics and one for the die-cutting lines."

I probably meant to say "die-cutting lines" instead of "bleed lines".


 
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Thanks everyone for the advice, I'll try those techniques.
 
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